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singersp
06-20-2006, 01:22 AM
Ryan Cook: A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER

June 19,2006
Author: Mike Wobschall, vikings.com

Perhaps you can draw a parallel between Ryan Cook's freshman season at New Mexico and his upcoming rookie season with the Vikings. At New Mexico he was a walk-on - the new guy with a lot to prove. Certainly not a walk on with the Vikings, the second round draft pick does have a lot to prove. But, at 6-6 and 328 pounds he also has a lot to work with.

"I feel normal now," Cook joked about arriving at Winter Park. "In New Mexico everyone's about 5-4, so I feel a bit more normal here and I fit in with the guys."

And that's just what the Vikings want him to do - fit in with the rest of the offensive line. Last season the offensive line was arguably the most inconsistent unit on the team. But with the return of four-time All-Pro Matt Birk from injury, the signing of left guard Steve Hutchinson and the continuous rise of Bryant McKinnie at left tackle, the Vikings seem to have shored up any shortcomings from last season. Another draft-day move brought right guard Artis Hicks to the mix - a five year starter brought in from the Philadelphia Eagles.

"They didn't bring these guys in for nothing," Cook said about the Vikings efforts to bolster the offensive line. "I'm just trying to come in here and learn quickly and show the coaches that I'll do anything to help the team."

Having a veteran such as Birk will help speed along the development of Cook.

"He's a four time Pro Bowler and he's been here eight years, going on nine," Cook said of Birk. "So he's definitely a mentor for me and I asked him a few questions right away and he helped me out and taught me a few tricks of the trade."

Though the prospects for Cook playing immediately aren't high, the three-year All- Mountain West Conference honoree gives the team some added depth at center, a spot with which the Vikings have struggled due to health issues with Birk. Now that Birk is back and 100% healthy, the Vikings look to Cook to add depth at center and perhaps compete for time at right guard and right tackle.

"I've been playing center," Cook said about his first couple weeks with the team. "And that is probably the hardest spot on the line to learn with all the calls you have to make. But I've also been playing a little bit of tackle and that's something that hopefully in the future will allow me to get out there once I learn the system more."

As is the case with all rookies as they make their journey from the college ranks to the NFL, Cook has had to make plenty of adjustments.

"The tempo is a little faster than the collegiate game definitely, so I'd say that's the biggest adjustment," Cook said. "Learning the playbook is another adjustment. It's a big jump from the collegiate level. You just come in and try to be aggressive and learn as much as fast as possible so you can be adjusted to this level and the speed of the game."

Cook's three All-MWC selections speak for themselves in regard to his ability at the collegiate level. He started 44 of the 47 games he played at New Mexico, never allowing an opponent to tally more than three tackles in a single game. He came to campus a bit under the radar, joining the team as a walk-on only to earn a full scholarship in the fall of 2002.

Reaction by some towards the Vikings third overall selection in the 2006 draft proves that Cook has again arrived to his team under the radar.

"There's a parallel there," Cook says in comparing his walk-on season with his rookie year in the NFL. "You come in as a walk-on and you have a chip on your shoulder and you come to an organization such as the Vikings as a rookie and you're just trying to make the team and show them that you can play. I just try to carry that chip with me always and try to keep the fire and intensity going."

A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER (http://www.vikings.com/news_detail_objectname_RCookFeature61906.html)

ItalianStallion
06-20-2006, 01:47 AM
I hope he's good I just don't see where he fits in the near (2-3 year) future, which is what you'd hope for from a 2nd round pick that you traded your previous franchise QB for.

VikingsTw
06-20-2006, 02:05 AM
"singersp" wrote:

Ryan Cook: A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER

June 19,2006
Author: Mike Wobschall, vikings.com

Perhaps you can draw a parallel between Ryan Cook's freshman season at New Mexico and his upcoming rookie season with the Vikings. At New Mexico he was a walk-on - the new guy with a lot to prove. Certainly not a walk on with the Vikings, the second round draft pick does have a lot to prove. But, at 6-6 and 328 pounds he also has a lot to work with.

"I feel normal now," Cook joked about arriving at Winter Park. "In New Mexico everyone's about 5-4, so I feel a bit more normal here and I fit in with the guys."
And that's just what the Vikings want him to do - fit in with the rest of the offensive line. Last season the offensive line was arguably the most inconsistent unit on the team. But with the return of four-time All-Pro Matt Birk from injury, the signing of left guard Steve Hutchinson and the continuous rise of Bryant McKinnie at left tackle, the Vikings seem to have shored up any shortcomings from last season. Another draft-day move brought right guard Artis Hicks to the mix - a five year starter brought in from the Philadelphia Eagles.

"They didn't bring these guys in for nothing," Cook said about the Vikings efforts to bolster the offensive line. "I'm just trying to come in here and learn quickly and show the coaches that I'll do anything to help the team."

Having a veteran such as Birk will help speed along the development of Cook.

"He's a four time Pro Bowler and he's been here eight years, going on nine," Cook said of Birk. "So he's definitely a mentor for me and I asked him a few questions right away and he helped me out and taught me a few tricks of the trade."

Though the prospects for Cook playing immediately aren't high, the three-year All- Mountain West Conference honoree gives the team some added depth at center, a spot with which the Vikings have struggled due to health issues with Birk. Now that Birk is back and 100% healthy, the Vikings look to Cook to add depth at center and perhaps compete for time at right guard and right tackle.

"I've been playing center," Cook said about his first couple weeks with the team. "And that is probably the hardest spot on the line to learn with all the calls you have to make. But I've also been playing a little bit of tackle and that's something that hopefully in the future will allow me to get out there once I learn the system more."

As is the case with all rookies as they make their journey from the college ranks to the NFL, Cook has had to make plenty of adjustments.

"The tempo is a little faster than the collegiate game definitely, so I'd say that's the biggest adjustment," Cook said. "Learning the playbook is another adjustment. It's a big jump from the collegiate level. You just come in and try to be aggressive and learn as much as fast as possible so you can be adjusted to this level and the speed of the game."

Cook's three All-MWC selections speak for themselves in regard to his ability at the collegiate level. He started 44 of the 47 games he played at New Mexico, never allowing an opponent to tally more than three tackles in a single game. He came to campus a bit under the radar, joining the team as a walk-on only to earn a full scholarship in the fall of 2002.

Reaction by some towards the Vikings third overall selection in the 2006 draft proves that Cook has again arrived to his team under the radar.

"There's a parallel there," Cook says in comparing his walk-on season with his rookie year in the NFL. "You come in as a walk-on and you have a chip on your shoulder and you come to an organization such as the Vikings as a rookie and you're just trying to make the team and show them that you can play. I just try to carry that chip with me always and try to keep the fire and intensity going."

A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER (http://www.vikings.com/news_detail_objectname_RCookFeature61906.html)

LMAO!!! I know what he's saying, i'm only 5 8, lots of people think i'm tall.

VikesfaninWis
06-20-2006, 02:36 AM
Sounds good to me.. Now lets see what he has...

DarrinNelsonguy
06-20-2006, 03:35 AM
I hope he develops into more than a Corey Withrow

Vikes_King
06-20-2006, 04:28 AM
"DarrinNelsonguy" wrote:

I hope he develops into more than a Corey Withrow

took the words right out of my mouth

or.. keys out of my fingers?

cajunvike
06-20-2006, 08:53 AM
He had BETTER play like he has a chip on his shoulder...too bad we can't transplant Herrera's nasty attitude into Cook's head!!!

AngloVike
06-20-2006, 10:15 AM
"ItalianStallion" wrote:

I hope he's good I just don't see where he fits in the near (2-3 year) future, which is what you'd hope for from a 2nd round pick that you traded your previous franchise QB for.
Who's to know, Birk could be out of the game in the next 2-3 years due to injury, desire for the game etc. If you have someone like Cook learning the ropes from Birk then at least you have a ready made replacement ready, rather than starting to look around then.

Benet
06-20-2006, 11:54 AM
All I want is for him to justify the lofty draft pick. In fact, that's what I want out of ALL the players the Vikes drafted.

singersp
06-20-2006, 12:39 PM
"Benet" wrote:

All I want is for him to justify the lofty draft pick. In fact, that's what I want out of ALL the players the Vikes drafted.

I know what your saying, but your making it sound like he has to justify being picked high as if he had some input on the decision.

Benet
06-20-2006, 12:55 PM
"singersp" wrote:

"Benet" wrote:

All I want is for him to justify the lofty draft pick. In fact, that's what I want out of ALL the players the Vikes drafted.

I know what your saying, but your making it sound like he has to justify being picked high as if he had some input on the decision.

You'll forgive me if I find that slightly pedantic..

A better way to say it would be if he could justify the Vikings' faith in him.

singersp
06-20-2006, 01:04 PM
"Benet" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"Benet" wrote:

All I want is for him to justify the lofty draft pick. In fact, that's what I want out of ALL the players the Vikes drafted.

I know what your saying, but your making it sound like he has to justify being picked high as if he had some input on the decision.

You'll forgive me if I find that slightly pedantic..

A better way to say it would be if he could justify the Vikings' faith in him.

:thumbright:

Benet
06-20-2006, 01:14 PM
"singersp" wrote:

"Benet" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"Benet" wrote:

All I want is for him to justify the lofty draft pick. In fact, that's what I want out of ALL the players the Vikes drafted.

I know what your saying, but your making it sound like he has to justify being picked high as if he had some input on the decision.

You'll forgive me if I find that slightly pedantic..

A better way to say it would be if he could justify the Vikings' faith in him.

:thumbright:

:thumbleft:

singersp
06-20-2006, 01:24 PM
"Benet" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"Benet" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"Benet" wrote:

All I want is for him to justify the lofty draft pick. In fact, that's what I want out of ALL the players the Vikes drafted.

I know what your saying, but your making it sound like he has to justify being picked high as if he had some input on the decision.

You'll forgive me if I find that slightly pedantic..

A better way to say it would be if he could justify the Vikings' faith in him.

:thumbright:

:thumbleft:

Or that he lives up to the expectations the Vikings have of him.

cajunvike
06-20-2006, 05:16 PM
"singersp" wrote:

"Benet" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"Benet" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:


All I want is for him to justify the lofty draft pick. In fact, that's what I want out of ALL the players the Vikes drafted.

I know what your saying, but your making it sound like he has to justify being picked high as if he had some input on the decision.

You'll forgive me if I find that slightly pedantic..

A better way to say it would be if he could justify the Vikings' faith in him.

:thumbright:



:thumbleft:

Or that he lives up to the expectations the Vikings have of him.

:thumbleft: :thumbright:
A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-y!!!!!

BloodyHorns82
06-20-2006, 06:05 PM
Hopefully Birk stays healthy and we don't get a chance to see him live up to his expectations for several more seasons.

PurplePeopleEaters89
06-20-2006, 07:17 PM
"ItalianStallion" wrote:

I hope he's good I just don't see where he fits in the near (2-3 year) future, which is what you'd hope for from a 2nd round pick that you traded your previous franchise QB for.


its hard to look at it like we traded Culpepper for Cook!!! You don't know if we still had Daunte wether we would have got him still or not!!! But i do understand!! I just hope we can get some production out of him, i still think he would be a better RT, but i guess Brad Childress knows what he is doing!!!

Vikes_King
06-20-2006, 07:57 PM
"BloodyHorns82" wrote:

Hopefully Birk stays healthy and we don't get a chance to see him live up to his expectations for several more seasons.

exactly, but hopefully he can also be the future answer to birk when he retires =)

BloodyHorns82
06-20-2006, 08:04 PM
"Vikes_King" wrote:

"BloodyHorns82" wrote:

Hopefully Birk stays healthy and we don't get a chance to see him live up to his expectations for several more seasons.

exactly, but hopefully he can also be the future answer to birk when he retires =)

Agreed

thetrenches68OL
06-20-2006, 08:25 PM
he better be good we practicallt traded culpepper 4 him

BloodyHorns82
06-20-2006, 08:41 PM
"thetrenches68OL" wrote:

he better be good we practicallt traded culpepper 4 him

True, but its not easy finding that caliber of talent (Cpep) in the second round. Certainly not saying it doesn't happen, but its not easy to come by period.

midgensa
06-20-2006, 08:59 PM
He should have a chip on his shoulder after being the main thing people start to point fingers at as why our draft was not good. I think that he has talent ... but he definitely has a lot to prove ... and here's to him proving all the doubters wrong.

nephilimstorm
06-20-2006, 09:48 PM
He ought to be a good one...i really think he will be...I saw him a few time at NM and he was great...now will see if he can prove his worth here in the NFL and I say he will

umaguma1979
06-21-2006, 01:25 AM
You can count the # of good Denny green draft picks on your hand:
David Palmer
DC
RM
Robert Smith
Moe Williams?
Jake Reed
Birk?



I can't name a single defense pick he made that evr lived up.

BloodyHorns82
06-21-2006, 01:38 AM
"umaguma1979" wrote:

You can count the # of good Denny green draft picks on your hand:
David Palmer
DC
RM
Robert Smith
Moe Williams?
Jake Reed
Birk?



I can't name a single defense pick he made that evr lived up.

What about Moss and Culpepper???

BloodyHorns82
06-21-2006, 01:41 AM
"BloodyHorns82" wrote:

"umaguma1979" wrote:

You can count the # of good Denny green draft picks on your hand:
David Palmer
DC
RM
Robert Smith
Moe Williams?
Jake Reed
Birk?



I can't name a single defense pick he made that evr lived up.

What about Moss and Culpepper???

my bad... didn't catch the initials

umaguma1979
06-21-2006, 02:35 AM
Do we still have Fowler?

i_bleed_purple
06-21-2006, 02:40 AM
nope he's gone now, can't think off hand where, but somethings telling me its the bucs. I think Cook MIGHT develop into a starter, but nothing more. he won't be a probowler, all-pro, or a top 10 for his position.

umaguma1979
06-21-2006, 02:48 AM
Cook should be an upgrade from Withrow, but hopefully he is not a Ed T'aum Fafalo - another Denny pick.

cajunvike
06-21-2006, 02:49 AM
"umaguma1979" wrote:

Do we still have Fowler?

NO

cajunvike
06-21-2006, 02:51 AM
"umaguma1979" wrote:

Cook should be an upgrade from Withrow, but hopefully he is not a Ed T'aum Fafalo - another Denny pick.

That would be Ed Ta'amu...and I was surprised that he didn't work out.

umaguma1979
06-21-2006, 02:56 AM
Denny sure could pick'em.....no surprise the notary he is getting through the Cardinals is through picking offensive players. Wait until the Cardinals go 6-10 again and Denny gets fired; MArtz brings the best show on turf to Arizona next year.